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Ukiah Police are asking your help in finding a missing man. Alexander Vance was last seen December 20 in the Travelers Home Trail area of the Mendocino National Forest. Alex is white, 6’01”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is known to drive a gray 2001 Kia Optima with a Massachusetts License plate 7HH647. If you have any information on his whereabouts you should contact the Mendocino County Dispatch Center at (707) 463-4086.

No sign of a mountain lion reported to have been spotted near the edge of the Lakeport Unified School District campus. During the school Christmas closure someone called Lakeport Police saying a mountain lion was seen in the brushy area along the northern boundary of the campuses. The sighting was not reported to the school and police until two days after it happened. Patrol officers started looking around and California Department of Fish & Wildlife officials were also brought in. They didn’t find any evidence a mountain lion being in the area but this is the second unconfirmed mountain lion report by the schools this year, with the first being in September. Additionally, two mountain lion sightings were reported in the City of Lakeport this year: one in June and the other in October.

Mendocino investigators are looking into why an explosive device ended up in someone’s driveway. The Willits homeowner says he found the object in his driveway on Bear Canyon Road on December 17 and thinking it looked like an explosive, called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies sent pictures of it to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s bomb squad and they decided they needed to come down and neutralize it. If you have information, call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line (707) 234-2100.

A Fort Bragg man’s been busted for allegedly stealing mail. Deputies were doing surveillance on Boice Lane after getting a lot of calls about package theft around the area and on the night of December 20 found Jonathon Sanchez had allegedly stolen a delivered package from someone’s mailbox. They have not said if he was responsible for any others in the area.

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